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Charlestown, Cornwall, Visitor & Tourism Guide



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Unique Cornish harbour village
Just east of St Austell and a short distance south of The Eden Project, the small harbour village of Charlestown is a treat. It's beautiful, extremely well located for a Cornwall holiday or weekend break and has a fascinating history. In years of researching South West England, it's up there with our best discoveries.*

The harbour's superb. What sets it apart is its connection to Charlestown Dock which, in turn, was used to load ships with china clay from the surrounding area. We'd recommend visiting the wonderful Charlestown Shipwreck and Heritage Centre to learn more about the local history.

Walk the South West Coast Path, too.

Local attractions
So, why's the village in such a good location? The Eden Project's to the north and the Wheal Martyn China Clay Country Park to the north west, River Fowey and Estuary to the east and Mevagissey Harbour to the south. In the area, you can also visit The Lost Gardens of Heligan and Caerhays Castle, Lanhydrock House and Gardens and The Roseland Peninsula.

Further afield
Further afield, we'd recommend day trips to Looe and Newquay, the Camel Estuary and St. Ives.

*Others include Beer in Devon and West Bay in Dorset.


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Charlestown Harbour, Cornwall

Located in Charlestown, Cornwall, South West England, England

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Charlestown Dock, Cornwall

Located in Charlestown, Cornwall, South West England, England

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Rashleigh Arms, St Austell
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Less than a mile away.

Total Rooms: 8; Rates: 60 - 85 Per Night

This delightful inn offers en suite accommodation, all recently refurbished to a high standard, some with sea views This 2 bar inn and restaurant offers you the choice to dine in a relaxed atmosphere or with the locals...

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Pelican Cottage
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Less than a mile away.

Total Bedrooms: 2; Maximum Occupants: 4; Rates: 379 - 929 Per Week

A delightful two bedroom cottage situated in the village of Charlestown, close to the Eden Project and ideally situated for exploring South Cornwall....

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The Foundry Apartment
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Less than a mile away.

Total Bedrooms: 2; Maximum Occupants: 4; Rates: 399 - 989 Per Week

A two bedroom apartment situated in the charming village of Charlestown, close to the Eden Project and ideally situated for exploring South Cornwall....

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